Category: Smart Home

Home AssistantNode-RedSmart Home

Location Aware Notification Lights with Node-Red and IFTTT

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I am in the habit of going on cooking sprees while listening to music… loudly. I only share one wall with a neighbor here in the …

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Setting Up Let’s Encrypt with Node-Red & Home Assistant

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Privacy is important in the smart home, and one of the primary reasons to use Home Assistant is because it is totally under control of the …

Home AssistantNode-RedSmart Home

Going Further with Home Automations in Node-Red

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In my last post about using Node-Red to make automations with Home Assistant, I showed some very simple flows for turning lights on and off. While it …

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Useful Sensor: Cardinal Wind Direction for Home Assistant

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As someone who cycles to work most days, I keep a pretty close eye on the weather. One thing I like to know is which way …

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Home Assistant: Making My Plants Talk with IoT Sensors and a Python Script

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Living in an urban city without a garden, I have been exercising my green thumb by accumulating more and more houseplants. I have them tucked away …

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Useful Sensor: Motion Last Seen & Meta Motion Sensor

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  You know what’s great about motion sensors? They are very, very cheap to build yourself. All it takes is an esp8266 module like the Wemos …

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Basic Node-Red Flows for Automating Lighting with Home Assistant

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Smart light bulbs are probably the first thing everyone getting into home automation buys. It is easy to see the applications for them – have the …

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Auto-Downloading Youtube Videos for Plex Media Server with youtube-dl

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Recently it appears Youtube has decided they want to become cable TV, complete with the unending commercials for American pharmaceuticals. Since I cannot stand watching any …

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Hardware: Odroid XU4 as Plex Media Server

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As part of my efforts to be cloud non-dependent, I have a NAS full of several terabytes of music, movies, and TV shows. Plex is of course everyone’s …

Node-RedSmart Home

Big List of Useful Home Automation Nodes for Node-Red

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An ongoing list of nodes I have found useful for constructing home automation flows. I have not included device platform nodes, as all state tracking and …